The warm winter could mean a very hot summer and some community members are volunteering their time to make sure Binghamton has many healthy shade trees to keep the city cool.
The City of Binghamton's Citizen Pruner program hosted a workshop Saturday morning to show volunteers how to prune young trees.
Pruning removes dead, damaged and diseased branches from the trees to help prevent decay.
The program is designed to improve the health and quality of Binghamton 's shade trees.
City officials say trees that are pruned properly when they are young will require little corrective pruning when they are older, saving the city money on maintenance.
The City of Binghamton plans to plant 3,000 new shade trees by 2022.